Denver Nuggets win their 7th game in a row after being led by Nikola Jokic in their latest match-up against San Antonio Spurs. The Nuggets continue their upwards trajectory in the Western Conference as they beat Spurs 106-69. Jokic scored 25 points and 10 assists, while Michael Porter Jr added crucial 18 for the home side.
Derrick White and Dejounte Murray scored 18 points each for struggling San Antonio. The Spurs hit the road for five games after going 2-7 at home, including a 24-point loss to Cleveland on Monday night. Both these teams will meet again for their next encounter.
Nikola Jokic’s double-double ensures Denver Nuggets beat San Antonio Spurs
The Nuggets led 54-50 at halftime but the Spurs opened the third on an 18-4 run to lead by 10. Denver scored the next 11 points and finished the third quarter on a 23-6 run to lead by seven heading into the fourth. Denver Nuggets quickly built a double-digit lead and went ahead by 20 on Porter’s 3-pointer.
Having sadi that, Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was out of the lineup for the second straight game with right knee soreness. With the compact schedule Malone said he needs to manage Murray’s workload.
“We’re in the middle of six games in nine nights, three games in four nights, so the schedule has obviously been very demanding,” Malone said. “We’ve asked a lot of Nikola, Jamal, all of our guys, and he’s banged up, so he needs this rest to try and get back as healthy as possible this season.”